Essay on The Vietnam War Was A Changing Point Of American History

1420 Words Nov 18th, 2015 6 Pages
The Vietnam War was a changing point in American history. Causing high tensions between the US and the Communists parties around the globe, the Vietnam War was another way people were effected by conflict. The Communist conflict in Vietnam effected soldiers and even the people back in the United States. There were rallies against the war. People were parading in the streets of Washington DC promoting the extraction of American soldiers from a war that they believe made no sense. Some anti-war demonstrations left protestors horribly wounded or even killed for their efforts in trying to stop the war. The United States was in shambles. When people asked, “Why”, there wasn’t a straight answer. History now tells us that it was tough to explain why the United States stayed involved in the war. This was difficult for so many people. The people that it directly affected were the young men who had to fight in Vietnam. The emotional hell they were put through can only be described by the men who were there. Some men documented their time in Vietnam. They wrote down what they saw, what they experienced during the war, and most importantly how it affected them and the people around them. Tim O’Brien, author of the book The Things They Carried, was a man who experienced the war first hand. In his book, O’Brien tells many stories of the ups and downs of the war, how the war affected the people involved, and how the war affected those people back home. Through his stories, O’Brien uses…

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